Even though Gemini Jets are late to the party with models like the patriotic Southwest livery, and the Pride themed Alaska Airlines A320, there are a few goodies this month(s) that collectors should keep an eye out for.
For a number of years Gemini has taken heat for outdated moulds. There really isn't any debate that most of Gemini's constituency is based in the United States. Therefore, most of what Gemini makes is common in North America. This also means that many devoted 1/400 scale collectors here in the U.S. are forced to watch other airlines regularly made on superior moulds by other companies. Finally, Gemini seems to have spent its old castings and is ready to methodically utilize the very competitive 777 and 787 moulds from JC Wings.
The Air Canada, C-FVND, has already been made by NG Models and is still widely available at retailers. NG has the other best 787 mould so it will be fascinating to see the match up between these two offerings. This airplane is line number 858 and the second newest 787-9 for Air Canada. The only curiosity here is that Air Canada have 28 there 787-9 legos to choose from, why do the same as NG?!
HL7784 is going to be getting its first representation in 1/400 scale as well. This should make a nice replacement for anyone who is sitting on the Gemini 777ER from 2009 or worse yet, 2000. I was also shocked to find out that nobody else has made a Korean Air 777-300ER. Considering Korean Air has had 25 of these, this is a pretty major gap that has yet to be filled. This is technically a classic release as well considering this aircraft is no longer flying on behalf of Korean Air but for Nordwind Airlines.
Legacy carriers get their usual representation but thankfully it comes in the form of some quality moulds. When assembled correctly, the Gemini Max 8 mould is one of the best out there, if not the best. Getting the new United colors on a Max 8 is a slam dunk. I'll be having one of these for sure.
Gemini and JC seem like our only hope for CRJs and ERJs and gladly, they keep making them. The American Eagle E-175 should be really good looking and will still nicely next to this past month's 145.
Gemini Jets are slowly clawing their way back into the thick of the 1/400 scale fight. I really appreciate the incorporation of the JC Wings moulds. If they can engage their QC department I'd hold this round of releases in high regard. I think that there is still plenty of room for growth in the creativity department. Exotic and classic models are still less frequent from Gemini Jets than they should be. One can only hope that these models won't take too terribly long to reach retailers so we can see what these latest Gemini Jets models are all about.
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